Classics with Oriental Studies

Classics with Oriental Studies at Balliol College

One of the biggest Classics colleges in Oxford, Balliol is unusual in having tutors in all four of the main areas of the subject, a large, vibrant and cohesive community of undergraduates and postgraduates, a college library with one of the best Classics collections in Oxford, and plenty of opportunities to participate in the wider life of the subject, including Classics societies and travel grants.

For Oriental Studies, both Professor Thomas and Dr Kelly (see below) have strong research interests in the relationship between Near Eastern and Ancient Greek culture and literature. Furthermore, though they are not ordinarily involved in undergraduate instruction, both the Boden Professor of Sanskrit and the Numata Professor of Buddhist Studies are located at Balliol.

Number of places at Balliol: 7–8 for Classics (and Joint Schools).


About the course

Please see the Faculty of Classics website and the University’s course pages.

This degree is particularly suited to highly motivated students with serious intellectual interests in Classical and Oriental cultures, and an excellent aptitude for languages.

Course requirements and selection criteria

We only take students in Classics with Oriental Studies (i.e. focusing on the Classics side of the degree), rather than Oriental Studies with Classics. See also the University’s entrance requirements

For selection criteria, please see the Faculty of Classics website.

How to apply to read Classics and Oriental Studies at Balliol College